Height: 183.000 mm
Width: 142.000 mm
Gift of Mrs W. Sharpe
Prints and Drawings
Martin Schongauer, Young Woman Fanning a fire with a bird's wing, a drawing
Germany, AD 1469
The meaning of this curious drawing is unclear. The young woman who lifts the front of her dress and who fans the flames with a bird's wing may symbolically refer to 'fanning the flames of desire'. It is also unclear if the flower at upper left is connected with the rest of the drawing.
The outline of the
figure is strong and simple. Shadows are indicated by short lines
Martin Schongauer was the most important German painter and engraver of the fifteenth century, and was highly regarded by his contemporaries. He was influenced by Netherlandish painting of the period, particularly by the work of Rogier va der Weyden (about 1399-1464).
J. Rowlands, Master drawings and watercolou (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)
J. Rowlands and G. Bartrum, Drawings by German artists in, 2 vols. (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)